Multiple groups are sending a petition to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calling the agency to ban the addition of fluoride chemicals to public water supplies due to the risks these chemicals pose to the brain.
Signers include Fluoride Action Network, International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, American Academy of Environmental Medicine, Organic Consumers Association, Food & Water Watch, and Moms Against Fluoridation. The petition, which includes over 2,500 pages of supporting scientific documentation, explains that “the amount of fluoride now regularly consumed by millions of Americans in fluoridated areas exceeds the doses repeatedly linked to IQ loss and other neurological effects.”
“If EPA applies its own risk assessment guidelines to fluoridation, we believe it will agree that fluoridation poses an unacceptable high risk to the brain,” says attorney Michael Connet, FAN legal adviser. “As with lead, fluoride is a neurotoxic and endocrine disrupting substance that has no place in our drinking water,” Connett states. “The EPA should follow Europe’s lead and end fluoridation.”
At EPA’s request, the National Research Council (NRC) reviewed fluoride toxicology research and concluded in 2006, “It is apparent that fluorides have the ability to interfere with the function of the brain.” Since NRC’s review, 196 fluoride/brain studies have been published, including 61 human studies.
The EPA has 90 days to respond to the Petition. Stay tuned for any developments to this petition.